OUR diligent robotics TEAM
We founded our Austin based Diligent Robotics company in 2016 with the desire to enhance people’s lives by improving their relationships with technology. We unite AI and robotics to design socially intelligent robots that assist people every day, as trusted and reliable members of a team. We aim to empower people to spend less time on logistical tasks so that they are able to use their ingenuity, passion and skills on bigger challenges.
Our team is developing a suite of AI to enable robots to collaborate and work with people in everyday environments. At the core, we are focused on user-centered design to build solutions based on the needs of the people we aim to support.
Moxi is our healthcare service robot that autonomously completes tasks in hospital environments. We believe Moxi has the potential to positively change the way healthcare teams function by alleviating the time they spend on non-patient related activities, enabling them to remain focused on what matters most, taking care of people. Learn more about Moxi here.
our LEADERSHIP TEAM
ANDREA THOMAZ, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER
As the CEO and Co-Founder of Diligent Robotics, Andrea Thomaz is a recognized for her AI and social robot expertise by National Academy of Science as a Kavli fellow, served on the United States President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), appeared in Popular Science‘s “Brilliant 10” list with her robot Curi appearing on the cover, and in MIT Technology Review’s The Next Generation of 35 Innovators under 35. She became fascinated with the potential of how computers could assist people and socially contribute very early in her career. Andrea was inspired by the AI luminaries working at the MIT Media Lab, and during her time there she found the perfect fit to pursue her desire to make computers inherently smarter through the application of AI, Machine Learning and robotics. With these technologies, she would be able to bring to fruition her vision of making the connection between humans and computers more intuitive. She co-founded Diligent Robotics to achieve her personal mission of creating ways for socially intelligent robots and people to collaboratively work together. She earned her Ph.D. from MIT and spent 15 years in academia and research on social robots, AI and machine learning at UT Austin, Georgia Tech and MIT.
Vivian Chu, CTO and Co-Founder
Vivian Chu is considered a leading innovator in robotics, applying AI and social intelligence in the development of robots, with honors as an Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar, Stanford University’s EECS Rising Stars, and Robohub’s “25 women in robotics you need to know about” in 2016. During her university studies, Vivian explored various engineering disciplines and discovered her perfect fit with robotics when she had the opportunity to program a Roomba to climb up a ramp while at UC Berkeley. She loved seeing the physical manifestation of code and how robots can move in the real world. After completing her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech, she help found Diligent Robotics to develop socially intelligent robots to work autonomously yet collaboratively in a team. Vivian has over 10 years of experience with AI, machine learning, and natural language processing and is an expert in applying machine learning algorithms with multimodal data to concrete tasks across various robotic platforms such as the PR2, Meka Robot, and Kinova Jaco2. She has worked at several industry labs including IBM, Google X, and Honda Research Institute.
AGATA ROZGA, HEAD OF PRODUCT
Agata Rozga is a psychologist and the chief researcher responsible for overseeing observational studies to determine how new technologies can assist in healthcare environments. Having previously worked with the founders at Georgia Tech, she accepted the opportunity to continue the research on how robots could support members of clinical care teams. During this process, her appreciation deepened for the challenges the frontline healthcare staff face every day and the opportunities to address their needs by introducing robots which can do many of the tasks that divert them from patient care. She earned her Ph.D. from UCLA and has spent over 15 years leading observational studies of social behavior. At Georgia Tech, she joined computer scientists and engineers to explore how technology could be used to develop new tools to measure these behaviors. She was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Georgia State University.